Summary: God has given His children the awesome privilege of praying for guidance and direction, however if you are seeking guidance all you have to do is pick up your Bible and begin to read it.
Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
God has given His children the awesome privilege of praying for guidance and direction, however if you are seeking guidance all you have to do is pick up your Bible and begin to read it. His Word is a lamp, in other words a spotlight to light our path and give us direction so that we can not only see where to go but where not to go. The light makes things clear and visible so that we will not trip and fall. God has given us His Word for direction and guidance in our everyday walk. Without it, we would surely wander off the path, for we would not be able to clearly see the correct way to go.
The Living Bible says it like this…
Psalms 119:105 Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me, and keep me from stumbling.
I like that. He knows where we are to go; after all He is the One leading us isn’t He?
If the path is well lit and clearly visible we will be able to see the way and not stumble.
We all know the 23rd Psalm as it is probably one of the best known of all the Psalms. David said this in vs. 3 He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
I want you to consider something. God doesn’t want us to fail. He wants us to succeed.
But we have to follow after Him. We have a choice to stay on the lighted path or we can stumble out into the darkness, the choice is ours. This can happen when we make our own choices based on OUR own wants and desires and not follow the well-lit path. He leads but he will not push us. It is our choice to follow.
He leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. He has a lot at stake. His Namesake is at stake. You might say what do you mean? We were bought with an incredible price. He has a very big investment in us. He wants us to succeed, but in order for us to succeed we have to follow the lighted path. He’s the One giving us the light to see so we will not stumble and fall. His Word gives us this light. He doesn’t want us to stumble into the darkness, He would not have given us His Word if this were the case would He? His lamp has to be carried by us. We need to know the Word of God in order for It to do us any good. If we don’t know His Word then we don’t have a lamp to guide us. We will most assuredly stumble, for there is no light to see the path set before us. We will be led by emotions and circumstances that can not lead us on the correct path. Being upset and annoyed at our surrounding circumstances is not the leading of the Holy Spirit. People have left Churches because they didn’t like something that has gone on or something somebody said. Being upset is not the leading of the Holy Spirit. We need to grow up and be responsible children of God.
When we need direction and guidance we can always go to the Word of God. There have been so many instances in my life when I needed direction in a certain area and the Holy Spirit would quicken a verse of Scripture that would change my direction. His Word lighted my path. He showed me the way to go when I didn’t know the way. Many times I didn’t even know I had stumbled off the path. He corrected me and set me back on the lighted path. Thank God for His Holy Spirit! Thank God for His Word!
John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
Our Father cares for us even in the smallest areas of our lives. He will show us how to walk after Him if we will take the time to learn His Word and listen.
Without knowing His Word we will have a hard time hearing and following the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit and the Word always agree. One will never contradict the Other. That is impossible. Christians are often seeking after spectacular manifestations of God to show them the way, or to hear the audible voice of God, and will often ignore that still small voice that is on the inside of them. That is the supernatural leading of the Holy Spirit.